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, a major figure at the vatican for years before he became pope benedict. german born. been pope for nearly eight years. nearly eight years and this is just a major, major bit of news this morning. coming out of the vatican, again, cnn confirming the pope will step down on february 28th, which is just a little over two weeks from today. >> and no clear reason. we're trying to get more details to share those with you. this is shocking. this is shocking, absolutely shocking. we'll continue to watch the developments for you, folks. 6:00. the painstaking cleanup getting under way after a violent tornado ripped through mississippi tearing apart homes, businesses and even causing damage to a university campus. a storm chaser occasi e er -- l. capture these images. this is 100 miles south of jackson, mississippi. this tornado is believed to have reached three quarter of a mile in diameter. hattiesburg took the brunt of a series of reported twisters that pounded that region on sunday. causing mississippi governor phil bryant to declare a state of emergency there. so let's go to victor blackwell, li
, including pope benedict's stunning decision to step down. two longtime vatican watchers join us with inside details, at least as inside as you can get when covering the pope. >>> and later, as terrifying a view as you ever want to see. take a look at this video. we'll take you where a string of tornado hit, show you the damage they did. incredible pictures there. we'll be right back. i found a powerful new way to cut out arthritis pain. [ male announcer ] icy hot arthritis lotion. powerful encapsulated menthol gets icy to dull pain, hot to relax it away. power past pain. >>> a lot's happened since the year 1415, but one thing has not, not once. in those 598 years, six centuries, 59 leaders of the roman catholic church have reigned and not one has resigned. since the year 1450, not one single pope has left the vatican without also leaving this world. that is until today. according to the "new york times," this morning at the vatican, speaking in latin to a small gathering of cardinals, pope benedict xvi simply said he's too old and frail to continue leading the church. the spokesman said the
. >>> the vatican says the pope is resigning on february 28. still no reason. >>gretchen: 4,000 cruise ship passengers stranded in the middle of the ocean after a fire breaks out aboard the boat killing the power. the cruise ship is in the gulf of mexico and running on a backup generator. carnival cruise line says the fire was put out right away and no one was hurt. a woman on board called her husband and told him what was going on. >> she was crying and said they had no power, they had no running water. they had no way to use the bathroom. >>gretchen: the ship will be towed to mexico. it is expected to arrive on wednesday. >>gretchen: a real-life tragedy for reality tv. a crash yesterday near los angeles. all three members aboard the aircraft were killed. the cause not known. >>> a storm generated in southern california after somebody said they spotted christopher dorner. -- a lowe's store was closed. the city announced a $1 million reward for information leading to dorner's capture. >> this is an act of domestic terrorism. this is a man who has targeted those that we entrust to protect th
the vatican. why did pope benedict really say he is stepping down? and what does it mean for a billion catholics around the world? >>> in ruins. a tornado roaring up the street. electrical wires dangling. the massive cleanup tonight in one american town. >>> rescue. thousands of people stranded on a vacation cruise ship, cut off from the world. and the lifeboat on the way to try to help them tonight. >>> and honor and valor. the emotional ceremony for a heroic soldier. the lesson he teaches about the american spirit. and an unlikely little star in a suit and tie. >>> good evening on this monday night. a centuries old tradition has been shattered by a surprise. pope benedict, chosen to be pope for life, today announced he will resign, citing his failing strength and health. and the toll of his seven years, nine months and 24 days as pope etched on his face. there he was, as we saw him on day one. and now, much thinner, frailer. this is unchartered territory for 1 billion catholics around the world. no pope has resigned in 598 years. and it's happening just 48 hours before the holy seaso
that being able to resign was acceptable and made this part of the statement released from the vatican, both strength of mind and body is necessary, and lots of questions, of course. we know the date he would be stepping down, which would be february 28th. many questions about why now? mep notice that the pope is much more frail in recent months, and the question would be unbelie unbelievably unusual. let's go to nic robertson joining us by phone. nic, lots of questions. nic live in london this morning. a bit of a stunner. was there any indication that this resignation was coming? >> absolutely none whatsoever, and the last few months, the pope started a twitter account, not what you expect the pope to do when he would say his pope is deteriorating. the pope has looked deep into his conscience, this is a personal and profound decision that he has made with god in light of the responsibilities he has. and the other thing we heard from the papal spokesperson, which is interesting, because the question, is it the pope's physical health or mental health that pushed him into this position? we hav
from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning at the end of the month. >>> a massive tornado tears through mississippi, causing major damage to the university. >>> mumford was the word at last night's grammys. and mike piazza is here since the baseball hall of fame snubbed him. >>> but we begin this morning's today "eye opener," your world in 90 seconds. >> this is major news coming out of the vatican. >> breaking news, pope benedict xvi set to step down. >> he'll step down february 28, the last pope to freely resign within the 13th century. >>> what a tornado. it's going to cross the interstate. it crossed the interstate. >> at least 15 tornadoes were reported in alabama and mississippi. >>> a huge twister. >> several buildings on the southern university of mississippi campus hit. >> this is surreal. >>> meanwhile thousands are still without power after the massive snowstorm hit the northeast. >> there are reports another big storm is coming. are you ready for that. >> i don't even want to think about it, to tell you the truth. >>> a million-dollar award is now being offered for t
is not up to all the duties of being the head of a family. >> the vatican stressing there's no specific medical condition that led to the resignation but the pope's advancing age. he has cut up to on his travel and moves down the aisle on a moving platform, sometimes using a cane. when he was elected nearly eight years after, benedict became the oldest pope chosen in 300 years. we have live coverage from rome. reporter: greg, this was a shock because it simply is not done. it's something that can be don't and pope benedict xvi had alluded to some friends he might resign at some point if he felt he couldn't happen the job. -- couldn't handle the job. as you mentioned, this was something that didn't happen on twitter, and the 85-year-old pontiff has begun tweeting which was a joy for many people because he is renowned for his intellect. but the announcement was made today. some catholics have said they're actually feeling let down. others have said they believe that he has wonderful courage to do what he felt was the right thing to do because the position requires not only so much physica
happened. jeffrey? >> reporter: good evening, diane. it's as if an earthquake has hit the vatican. the lights are still on, the buildings are still standing, but people here rocked by the surprise resignation of benedict xvi. it began as a routine vatican ceremony, but the pope's announcement in latin was anything but routine. "i have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the papal ministry." with that, for the first time in 600 years, a pope is resigning. benedict xvi was already old, 78, when he became pope. that was 2005. here he is almost eight years later, clearly frail and feeble. his older brother, father georg ratzinger, said today benedict is having trouble walking and had been advised by his doctors to stop traveling overseas. benedict will relinquish his papacy on february 28th. >> today's decision by benedict xvi came as a huge surprise to me, and, i think, to everyone in rome and everyone in the vatican. >> reporter: as a cardinal, joseph ratzinger was known as john paul ii's enforcer of religi
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in tonight for shepard smith. the news reportedly came as a shock even to many at the vatican. after nearly 8 years on the job, pope benedict xvi will resign at the end of this month. his final day february 28th. the pope released a statement which reads in part that the governor the church quote both strength of mind and body are necessary strength which in the last few months have deteriorated in me to the extent that i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me, end quote. the pope's brother, who is 89 years old, says that he has known about this decision for months but some church leaders say they had no idea. i'm not kidding. i was very startled. i don't know what to say. i myself am waiting for information, for instructions as to what we would do now cardinals. boy, as soon as i find out, i will let you know. >> the last time a pope resigned the 12th in the year 1415. that was years before columbus traveled to the new world. before joan of arc was burned at the at the stake. before da vinci painted the mona lisa. he has no specific illness and
for instructions to come down from the vatican. that should be happening. but, again, he said he was just as surprised as everybody, and a a lot of folks that have passed by here, one woman saying, make sure you tell people pope benedict was a good pope, is a good pope. another man was also startled, worried that, in fact, our presence here suggested that perhaps it was more than just frail health, that, in fact, perhaps he had passed. not the case. he has just decided to step down. again, the news filtering to all of his cardinals, his archbishop, everybody in the catholic church, taking many by surprise today. chris? >> deb, thank you for that. please say with us. you and i have covered what may have been this pope's high point, the trip to the united states. it was such a re-invigoration point for so many of america's catholics. this latest sparks suspicions. why now? is there anything lurking there? is there ha secret? very little happens at the vatican that's a surprise. people know. he is 85 years old now, pope benedict. he says in his own statement that for some months he's been lo
into our programming. we have news coming this morning out of the vatican. >> we're going to send you right there. apparently we're being told that the pope is resigning and then we were told the programming has now been cut so it's over but we will stay on top of this story. we do want to remind you, follow us on twitter, hit us up on facebook and check abc2news.com because we're updating this story, reports that the pope is going to resign at the end of february. >> this was just handed to us. we want to hit this quickly because we had this given to us. a vatican spokesman says pope benedict xvi will resign at the end of this month. this being confirmed by a number of agencies including the associated press and reuters. we've tweeted it out for you this morning. you can follow us to be up to date on this. more as the day goes on. >>> we'll tell you about the tornado you definitely heard about it by now rveght the tornado that -- by now, the tornado that ripped through mississippi. take a look at this video shortly after the tornado touched down. the town of hatsyfield is home to southern
to do his job and is stepping down at the end of the month. he is 85. spokespersons for the vatican said the pope cited his advancing age and felt he could no longer fulfill his responsibilities. german cardinal yosef razinger was 75 years old when he became pope following the death of pope john paul ii. benedict xvi was a conservative pope. he strongly worked for his control. he faced the generation and joined twitter last year. he took his turn on handling sexual abuse scandals to an investigation of money launderring in the vatican city. he accused his butler of stealing and leaking documents that pointed to corruption in the vatican. the pope pardoned him over christmas. it's rare for a pope to resign. pope benedict is the first to quit in nearly 600 years. senior members of the catholic church will now start planning their conclave, the meeting they hold to choose a successor. leaders around the world are reacting to the resignation. she had the highest respect for the pope's decision. >> translator: pope benedict xvi is and will continue to be one of the most important religious th
announcement telling vatican cardinals that he will resign at the end of this month. >> after nearly eight years in office the 85-year-old pope says he's no longer strong enough to do the job. reaction is pouring in from around the world and we begin our coverage with alan pizzey in vatican city. >> reporter: good morning. the announcement took a lot of people by surprise yet it is said the pope had discussed this two weeks ago with two or three people who are very close to him. the pope said he made this decision after long and careful consideration and prayer and thought. in his statement announcing it he said, i have come to the certainty that my strptength, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to the adequate exercise of the petrine ministry meaning he's too tired to go on. the papal spokesman said there was no specific illness that they know of he's not in danger of dying tomorrow or anything but he's just decided it was time to go. he will resign at 8:00 p.m. rome time on february the 28th. afterwards, there will be a conclave of cardinals. they will try
announcement at the vatican. citing his advanced age and diminishing strength. the first pep to step down in almost 600 years. what this means for the catholic church. >>> going across the interstate. >> and breaking now, tornadoes slam the south. this massive twister through a town at the dinner hour. dozens of people injured. hundreds of homes destroyed. it looked like it was amile wide. new blizzards right now. >>> and good morning, america. a huge headline right now. pope benedict xvi moments ago making this announcement. speaking in lat on the a group of cardinals. and announcing his rezization. after having repeatedly examined my conscience before god, i have come to a certainty that my strengths, due to advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate carrying out of the ministry. >> the last pope to resign was pope gregory xii, almost 60 years ago. benedict's rescission to resign sets the stage for a clooichb to be -- conclave, to elect a new pope. ash wednesday begins this week. the most important 40 dmas the catholic calendar. >> the most significant spiritual period. let's brin
and gas lighting up italy's night sky. >>> the vatican is in rumor control mode right now. just a few days before pope benedict xvi steps down, some major newspapers in italy are printing details of an investigation that links senior catholic leaders to a church cover-up. full details when we're live from rome in just a few minutes here on cnn. >>> a fierce winter storm is headed right for the northeast. parts of vermont, new hampshire, maine and massachusetts can expect up to 10 inches of snow. and rain will soak most of the east coast from washington, d.c. to the south. boston will get a slushy mix of rain and snow. the city still cleaning up after that big blizzard that hit two weeks ago. >>> next, the deadly silence that surrounds suicide. one family's heartbreaking story. there's a lot of substance, it just seems really fresh. there's like a lot more flavor. [ anouncer ] ihop is building our best breakfast sandwiches ever. new griddle-melts made fresh and hot. hand crafted just for you. it's like a sexy sandwich. i love this crispy bread... ...the roasted red peppers. it's awesome. [
in germany and later a top vatican official. on a visit to america in 2008, he became the first pope to meet with the victims themselves. on a lighter note, benedict has become known as his personal idiosyncracies like his bright red shoes. he's been using a moveable platform to carry him down the aisle of st. peters basilica. this morning after he made his announcement, he was helped down from his chair. while this is a surprise the pope has said in the past that he reserved the right to resign if he felt too old to perform his duties. what's next? he still hopes to serve the church through a life dedicated to prayer. elizabeth, back to you. >> greg, good morning to you. lot of people really surprised by the announcement this morning. some cardinals in the audience didn't understand what pope benedict was saying? >> that's also true. one of those occasions in rome the pope actuallies gives his speech in latin. i was watching on tv. i wasn't there in the crowd. i was watching on tv and you could tell some of the cardinals didn't get the latin and really such a serious thing. obviously, they
you to washington and wolf blitzer. >>> happening now, a vatican bombshell felt around the world. the pope resigns. life on high alert in southern california right now where there's a million dollar reward for the ex-police officer suspected of multiple murders. and stunning revelations about the death of osama bin laden from the u.s. navy s.e.a.l. who took him out. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> all that coming up, but there's also developments happening right now in southern california. frayed nerves and a cold trail, as investigators search for the fired los angeles police officer christopher dorner who's declared war on the police, now wanted in the murders of three people. we're standing by for a news conference. the prosecutor is going to be giving us new information. let's check in with cnn's miguel marquez in los angeles for an update. do police have any serious clues right now? >> reporter: it's not for lack of trying. they are trying to create those clues. they say they have 600 clues that hundreds of investig
of ghana is said to be africa's top candidate. he is 64 years old and head of the vatican justice and if chosen he would become the first modern black pope. well, there is speculation that the next pope may be selected from latin america, home, as i said, to the largest number of catholics in the world. we're joined now by miguel diaz who served as the first hispanic u.s. ambassador to the vatican. sir, we thank you for joining us here in rome. what is a fairly cold morning. we are waiting behind me at the vatican pope benedict xvi, give his final blessing of his papacy as he says the angelous prayer. we will hear the bells ring. in about five or six minutes' time, before that happens, let's just talk about what happens next. who do you see as most likely to become pope before one assumes t the sunday this march? >> greetings from dayton, to the eternal city. thank you for having me this morning. you know, i've said that what we need to be thinking is not so much about specific regions or about specific populations or the kind of qualities and characteristics that the church needs
at the vatican where church leaders were earlier shocked by the bombshell today. the pope says he lacks the strength to complete his duties. he's the first pontiff to willingly step down in over 700 years. claudio lavag in the a has more from rome. >> reporter: the say is once the pope dies, you make a new one, which means most people don't expect a pope to and date. >> well, i don't know what more to say. >>> for the 1.2 billion catholics around the world, then he should step down. it's something that nobody has considered in modern times. >> a pope today has to conduct, you know, hundreds if not thousands of audiences, meetings, encounters every year. it takes a tremendous physical toll. >> reporter: pope benedict xiv has just said i had enough of this. he's also been kind of a low-key person, who just wanted to retire into a spiritual life. that's exactly what he will do now. he will retire to spiritual life into a monastery in the vatican for the rest of his life, while somebody else will take his place. >>> president obama reacted with this statement today. he said -- on behalf of
think as far as accumulation goes coming up. >> now to a live look in vatican. with sunrise in rome just an hour away what a difference a day makes. the announcement that shocked the globe early this morning. pope benedict xvi is stepping down as pontiff at the end this of month. tonight one french cardinal calls the move liberating for future popes. benedict is 85 years old and says he doesn't have the strength of mind and body needed to continue. the vatican says there is no specific health problem forcing him to step down. while a small group around the pope knew the announcement was coming it was a complete surprise for most of the church including washington's archbishop cardinal donald worrell. >> very startling. i was totally unprepared for it. the second reaction was, we're going to have to now think a little differently. >> cardinal worrell talking about the selection of the new pope while the former pope still lives. when exactly that will happen, still up in the air. tonight catholics have a lot of questions about the church's future and about what to expect from the next pont
to restore service. >>> and news out of the vatican about the pope. if you haven't seen it, we'll bring you that, as well. it's monday, february 11th, 2013. "squawk box" begins right now. >>> good morning. i'm andrew ross sorkin along with joe kernen. becky is off. . breaking news, the vatican has just announced the pope will be resigning on february 28th. >>> the blizzard brought as much as three feet of snow to some areas in the northeast. here is the massachusetts governor. >> we're, woulding hard to make sure that the t is fully functional by the morning commute. utilities seem to be making progress. >> bertha coombs will join us with the latest from power outages to grounded flights. then, of course, there is the topics of the markets. earnings season is winding down. only 53 s&p 500 companies set to report. one event to watch, janet yellen is scheduled to speak on the economy today and our guest host this hour will be the former managing director at pimco. he's currently the share of global societies of fellows. and also we have rebecca patterson. we've got a lot to did you discuss wi
of vatican city. pope benedict xvi stepping down. he'll retire at the end of the month in order to late younger man take over as pope. here is part of the resignation letter. i have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to be adequate exercise of the petri there. e ministry. i thank you most sincerely for all of the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and i ask pardon for all my defects. here is reaction from the archbishop of new york, high he ranking catholic in the united states. >> my appreciation for him which was already high is enhanced a bit because with this sense of realism that he has such an esteem for the office of the successor of st. peter which is what the pope is the bishop of that perhaps i'm not up to it and i can best serve jesus and his people by stepping aside. so i have to admire him immensely. >> and the cardinal was surprised. bill dolan is the catholic league president. surprised, a cardinal finding out via matt lauer on a telephone call, i have to ask you, does this sound like there is s
're with us. i'm jenna lee. pope benedict xvi citing his declining health for this decision. the vatican says there is nothing mysterious or grave they quote. but the pope benedict xvi brother told a german newspaper that the pope had difficulty walking. just one report but something to take into consideration here. the 85-year-old pontiff will resign at the end of this month after nearly eight years as pope. he was elected by his fellow cardinals in 2005. we're getting new reaction to the announcement from around the world and across the united states. the united states home to 68 million catholics, about 1/5 of the country, including reaction from one church leader elevated to cardinal by the pope last february. >> my affection and for and ad mir vision -- admiration for pope ben benedict xvi. i love him so much, as the bish shop of roam who appointed me to you all. to the holy father who made me a cardinal. i just always admired him as a scholar, as a priest, as a holy man. i'm in admiration for him is even higher because of his you humility. jenna: mr. anderson just had a private meeting
. >> developing stores were following out of a vatican city this morning. the vatican says pope benedict the 16th will resign on february 28th. his path to spacy began in 2005. >> last year the pope started using a cane on occasions and recently he appear to have trouble reading part of an address he delivered in rome. this reportedly only the second time head of catholic church has stepped down and according to reports, it comes off as a surprise. >> topping our news here in california, the manhunt continues to refuse it x capris dorner . >> police are searching the southern california mountains near big bear this morning and they are uping the ante . the reward for information leading to dornberd arrest has now risen to a million dollars. casey wian has the latest. >> monday morning when i came in and open the shops one of the employes went to throw away the trash he came back with a clipped a magazine full of bullets. also a belt and a helmet. >> he brought it to me. i asked him where did he find it. he said in a back the luster. >> he reportedly found it when he was walking across the streets
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not only the world off guard, but a billion plus catholics but even insiders in the vatican were caught flat footed. so eyes now on who could be next. maybe between now and easter we'll find out. >>> the emotional interview with joe paterno's widow in the wake of a scathing report about the sandusky coverage. how the family is fighting to clear his name. >> that was quite an emotional interview she had. she was there specifically to do one thing. she was there to clear his name. and there was a lot of emotion during that interview. >> did you see the interview? >> i did. she was asked point plank, was there a coverup? she said absolutely not. she was there for one reason. interesting it took her this long. >> it has been a while. >> it's been a year. >>> and the latest installment in the saga that is rihanna and chris brown. how she might be taking the phrase "stand by your man" to a whole new level. unconfirmed reports out there, but could be an interesting development in that relationship. we'll get to that in "the skinny." >>> but first important news and that is breaking news out of
breaking news. a stunning announcement just coming in from the vatican. pope benedict xvi is resigning. we're live with what's behind his decision and how quickly the next pope will be elected, "today," monday, february 11th, 2013. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >> good morning. welcome to "today" on a monday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm savannah guthrie. can't say that this is unprecedented for a pope to just step down, but you have to go back 1600 years to find another example of it. pope benedict xvi announcing he is stepping down as leader of the catholic church. huge news for the world's 1 billion catholics. >> and noncatholics as well. the 85-year-old pope made the announcement moments ago, saying his strength is no longer adequate to carry on his duties. in a moment we'll talk about the decision with timothy cardinal dolan, the highest ranking catholic here in the united states. claudeio is in rome. this morning, would you say this is total surprise? >> reporter: matt
the world, matt. >> it's the middle of the afternoon, claudio, there in vatican city. s it he a place where tourists and pilgrims gather on a daily bases. any idea the reaction of the people among the street or in the plaza? >> reporter: oh, yeah. we spoke to a number of people here. they saw all of the cameras charging over them. they were there to visit st. peter's square on a quiet monday morning as the tourists do here. they asked us what is going on. nobody really got the news. when they told them pope benedict xvi was redesignisignry didn't know. actually, he can, but obviously, no pope has done that for 700 years. so no wonder people are aware of that. for now on that may change the course of the catholic church in the future as well as pope benedict xvi is setting an example. if you don't have the strength to carry on let someone younger and more strength to carry on the mission. >> it certainly is a monument ool announcement. claudio, thank you very much. >>> this morning we spoke with greg burke the senior communication adviser to the holy see in rome. we began by asking him how m
'm suzanne malveaux, here's what is going on right now from the vatican. it's the resignation heard around the world. pope benedict xvi stepping down at the end of the month. he says because of his advanced age. he's no longer able to handle the demands of being pope. the last pope to resign was way back in 1415, i will have much more of what happens next. and what is ahead for the catholic church. >>> and former navy s.e.a.l. who reportedly fired the shot that killed osama bin laden, he says he has no pension, no medical insurance, according to an article in esquire magazine, the man known only as the soter packed a train to protect his family from al qaeda terrorists seeking revenge. i will talk with investigative reporter who talked to that navy s.e.a.l. in a few minutes. and the u.s. coast guard coming down to the rescue to help a cruise strip stranded in the gulf of mexico. more than 4200 passengers and crew all stuck on a carnival cruise line try ump that is getting as can you imagine a little funky, a little uncomfortable. a woman on board tells us that the toilets not working any m
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